I have to confess that I like books about…books. Or at least about people who love books. Specifically, I find myself drawn to mysteries about book people – librarians, authors, editors, and readers.
One of my favorite cozy mystery series is Jenn McKinlay’s Library Lovers series. It’s a fun series following Lindsey as she runs a small, New England town library and solves murders in between book clubs and Friend’s meetings. I don’t love the way McKinlay put in a love triangle but that seems to be almost a requirement for cozy mysteries these days so I can’t really blame her. The first book in the series is Books Can Be Deceiving.
Another series I’ve really enjoyed is the Bibliophile Mystery series by Kate Carlisle. This cozy series features Brooklyn Wainwright, a bookbinder, and her family, friends, and colleagues as Brooklyn stumbles upon dead bodies seemingly everywhere she goes. It’s a fun series and the characters are well developed and the plots are entertaining. The first book in the series is Homicide in Hardcover.
The St. Just series by G.M. Malliet starts with Death of a Cozy Writer which won an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. While this is the St. Just series, DI St. Just doesn’t actually appear until more than halfway through the book. In fact, the mystery part doesn’t begin until well into the book unlike many mysteries. The first chunk of the book is actually focused on family dynamics and personalities rather than a murder which makes it a little different to read but quite interesting.
The Aurora Teagarden series by Charlaine Harris of Sookie Stackhouse fame features a small town Southern librarian. Harris lost me at book four but the first three books were ones I enjoyed a great deal with her singular mix of humor and Southern charm. For cozy mystery lovers and for fans of the Sookie Stackhouse mystery series, this is a series worth checking out.
I have The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield on my list of books about books that I need to read. I’ve heard great things about it. So it’s likely to be the next book I read in this particular category.
What books about books do you like? I’m always looking for recommendations!